Kopytka

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Kopytka
Litowskija kapytki.jpg
Kapytki in a mushroom sauce (Lithuanian: švilpikai)
Type Dumpling
Place of origin Poland
Main ingredients Potatoes, flour, cheese, fried bacon or onion
Cookbook:Kopytka  Kopytka

Kopytka, kapytki (literally "little hooves") are a kind of potato dumpling. They are very similar to gnocchi although they are typically served baked with cheese, fried bacon or onion. The dish is a part of Belarusian, Lithuanian and Polish cuisines.

The typical ingredients are grated potatoes and flour, but may also include eggs, salt, and other seasoning.

The Polish dish is usually cooked in salted water, whereas in Belarusian and Lithuanian cuisines kapytki is baked first, then stewed or boiled in water.

Etymology[edit]

The word kopytka [kopyto "hoof", kopytko "little hoof", neuter singular nouns] is Polish for "little hooves," such as those of a small hoofed animal (for example, a goat). Kapytki is the Belarusian word for the same concept. Both refer to the structure of these dumplings, which are formed in the shape of hooves.